THE ministry of education introduced sexual education as a means to strengthened and equip adolescent and young people in and out of the education school system with the necessary age appropriate knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviour to be able to protect and defend their health and wellbeing due to the high rates of HIV/Aids.
These were the remarks of the spokesperson of the education ministry, Absalom Absalom, who said Comprehensive Sex Education (CSE) is meant to safeguard the youth by providing them with values necessary to make the right choices and decisions in life.
Absalom noted that CSE, which has been implemented in the country through different subjects, has been part of the education curriculum worldwide because it is an integral part of human development.
“In Namibia, sexual education has been imparted through Life skills, starting grade 4 to grade 12, as per the reviewed curriculum, Natural Science and Health Education, starting grade 4 to grade 7, Life Science in grade 8 and 9 and Biology in grade 10 to 12. These skills will also avoid and manage gender-based violence, alcohol and substance abuse and all sorts of socio-economic related issues that may affect them,” he added.
Furthermore, he noted, CSE makes adolescents and young people think critically and therefore empowering them to make informed decisions in their sex lives.
“The right choices and decisions referred to are based on parental guidance, culture and religion of the society,” he said.
Martin Matsuib from community engagement facilitators said only the Pentecostal churches are opposing CSE into schools, as they believe that the education will promote abortions and homosexuality in schools.